League drawn for NAFL 1B

Due to the possible impediment to the League’s competitions this season because of the ongoing Coronavirus, the normal league format will not take place. Instead each section will be divided by draw into two parts (A and B) and played in a league format. Each section will then have play-offs between the two halves to decide champions and relegation.

We have been drawn into Section A of NAFL Division 1B which looks like this:

Aquinas FC
Ballynahinch United
Bangor Amateurs
Bryansburn Rangers
Colin Valley
Downshire YM
Dunmurry YM
Portaferry Rovers
Division 1B – Section A

Division 1B – Section B looks like this:

18th Newtownabbey Old Boys
Ballywalter Rec
Barn United
Dundonald FC
Rosemount Rec
St Luke’s FC
Mossley FC
Divison 1B – Section B

With the 2020/21 season scheduled to kick-off on Saturday 21 November, subject to appeals and Government advice, we now wait for the latest NI Executive announcement.

Meanwhile the Irish Football Association has announced that only 32 clubs will compete for this season’s Sadler’s Peaky Blinder Irish Cup.

The Millbridge – open to Members only

The Millbridge grounds are open to Club Members only. This allows members to train outside of allocated training times.

For track and trace purposes, contact a committee member to record your usage of the pitch.

The Millbridge is not open to the general public at the moment. Please refrain from exercising or walking dogs on the pitch or around the grounds. You will be asked to leave. We appreciate your understanding and cooperation in these times. The general public can enter the grounds on match days to watch.

We will continually review this with the latest COVID-19 guidance.

We have provided guidelines that must be followed to ensure the safety of all members, family and friends.

1. Club Members only *

2. Usual protocols in place at training are followed e.g social distance where possible based on latest guidelines and using sanitiser before and after use.

3. Clubhouse to remain closed as per guidelines.

4. Record who is there and when. This should be passed onto a Committee Member or the Club’s COVID Officer, Jim Majury.

5. Any water bottles or rubbish must be removed.

** Club Members are considered those who are paying members of our 50s Club or who have paid membership within the previous 12 months.

Match Report: Crewe United 9 – 0 BUFC

Ballynahinch United travelled to Crewe Park, Glenavy in the first roynd of the Steel & Sons Cup. The winners of the tie would face either East Belfast or Bangor FC in the next round.

Before the game both sides lined the centre circle for a minutes silence to pay respects to former Crewe United player and manager, Tommy Breslin.

The place where Tommy Breslin learnt his trade as a boy and hung up the boots as man.

Continue reading Match Report: Crewe United 9 – 0 BUFC

Presentation to Ballynahinch War Memorial Fund

Prior to The Swifts kick off on saturday at the Millbridge, Club Chairman Gilbert Cromie made a presentation to Ballynahinch War Memorial Fund to Committee member Andrew Carlisle on behalf of the club. The Millbridge Grounds were originally provided as a recreational facility for Ballynahinch after the Great War.

Left to right - Ross Bingham, Gilbert Cromie [BUFC Chairman], Andrew Carlisle [War Memorial Committee] and Graeme McMullan.
Left to right – Ross Bingham, Gilbert Cromie [BUFC Chairman], Andrew Carlisle [War Memorial Committee] and Graeme McMullan.

Match Report: Ballynahinch United 3 v 0 Donard Hospital

United entertained old rivals Donard Hospital in this league match at the Millbridge last Saturday. The visitors had been promoted last year after a few years in Division 1C however they have found the higher level that little bit more difficult.

United settled into the game from the first whistle however it was Donard who posed a threat in the opening quarter with their right winger particularly prominent.

On one of their rare forward forages United took the lead in the 10th minute when Ian McMullan latched onto a loose ball to shoot into the corner of the net giving the Donard keeper no chance.

Donard pressed for an equaliser giving the United defence of Miller, Shaw, Majury, Tate and Stuart McMullan lots to think about however they held firm.

Goal scorer Ian McMullan was forced off with a hamstring strain and he was replaced by Johnny Stevenson who on the half hour mark laid the ball back for David Kelly to fire a thunderbolt into the net.

Kelly, Wilson and Brashaw were under a fair degree of pressure in midfield and they combined with their defence to keep Donard at bay while goalkeeper Brian McMullan produced an outstanding save in the 45th minute to prevent a goal.

In the second half Ben Wilson, who was struggling with an injury, was replaced by Gareth McMullan with striker Greg Allison moving into the left back role and Stuart McMullan taking over the central midfield position.

United were happy to surrender possession to Donard and played a containing game which proved very effective and occasionally they attacked with speed. It was from one of these quick breaks that defender Alex Miller found himself in space inside the penalty area and he crashed the ball into the roof of the net to make it 3–0.

Donard threw everything at United in the last half hour of the game and it took some serious defending to keep them out. Brian McMullan who has been in great form proved to be a competent last line of defence saving a penalty after Stuart McMullan had been harshly adjudged to have handled in the penalty area following a shot that was driven into him from relatively close range.

Graeme McMullan came on to give the United attack some added vitality and in the closing stages it was the home team who forced a series of corners.

This was another great win for United who will travel to Bloomfield this coming Saturday for another league match.